'I have dreamt about this moment since I was a child, but going to space was more magical than I ever imagined.'
The race for space has been won by Virgin Airline founder, Richard Branson, who achieved his dream of travelling to the edge of space on Sunday July 11.
The Virgin Galactic Unity 22 was launched from New Mexico, and returned to earth after an hour-long flight, with the spaceship carrying two pilots, and three other lucky passengers.
Branson posted: “Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard work to get us this far,”
Once hitting the edge of space, they were all able to unbuckle and experience a few minutes of weightlessness, while admiring the spectacular view of earth from the vessel.
Amazon billionaire, Jeff Bezos who himself hoped to win the race to space, tweeted, “Congratulations on the flight. Can’t wait to join the club!”
He'll have to wait though, with his hopeful endeavour to space lifting off on July 20, with his space funded project, Blue Origin.
Branson posted an epic video from space at his sheer delight at being weightless, and living out his childhood dream.
And if you would love to take a ride, the company aims to begin launching customers in 2022, with tickets selling for $250,000 apiece.
I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars. Now I'm an adult in a spaceship looking down to our beautiful Earth. To the next generation of dreamers: if we can do this, just imagine what you can do https://t.co/Wyzj0nOBgX #Unity22 @virgingalactic pic.twitter.com/03EJmKiH8V— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 11, 2021
Source: Twitter/RichardBranson/Jeff Bezos